Meloxicam is a prescription medication, and must not be taken unless approved by a vet. It is an anti-inflamatory type drug and can be used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders in dogs. To purchase Meloxicam, you will need to have a valid prescription from a registered veterinarian, which can be uploaded on our site, emailed or faxed to us.
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What is Meloxicam?
Meloxicam is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory agent used in the treatment of inflammation and to provide analgesia for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders in dogs. It can be used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs, as well as to treat pain associated with surgery.
How is Meloxicam given?
As an oral suspension, it is typically syringed orally into a pets mouth. It is important that you consult your prescribing Veterinarian before administering Meloxicam. Follow their instructions very carefully, and ensure that the dose is measured accurately. Overdose could result in symptoms including vomiting, dizziness, fainting, seizures, cardiac arrest, and slowed breathing.
Are there any potential side effects?
The most common side effect of Meloxicam in dogs is gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite. In rare occasions, more serious side effects may occur, such as yellowing of the skin, hives, seizures, and incontinence.
Any side effects observed should be reported to your prescribing Veterinarian. Please consult your Veterinarian for more information.
What if I miss giving my pet the medication?
Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian.
It is important that you do not give your pet two doses at once or extra doses.
Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?
Please tell your prescribing Veterinarian about any medications, including vitamins, supplements, or herbal supplements that your pet is currently taking.
Caution must be taken when Meloxicam is used with certain antibiotics, anesthetics, anticoagulants, diuretics, antifungals and immunosuppressive drugs. You should not mix Meloxicam with corticosteroids or other NSAID drugs.
Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian for more information.
Is there any monitoring that needs to be done with this medication?
Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian. Recommendations may include annual blood testing to monitor effects on liver and kidney function, as well as for signs of gastrointestinal ulceration.
Are there any risk factors for this medication?
Pets allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs should not use Meloxicam. It should not be given to dogs with bleeding disorders, bloody stools or vomit, pre-existing kidney or liver conditions, or pre-existing renal or cardiovascular impairment. Meloxicam should not be used in pets that are dehydrated, pregnant or lactating, and pets younger than 6 months of age.
Meloxicam has to be used with caution in cats, pets with pre-existing heart conditions, and pets that are old and weak.
Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian for more precautions and information.
How do I store the Meloxicam ?
Store below 25 degrees (air conditioning). Once opened, discard after 6 months. Do not use after expiration date. Protect from light.
What should I do in case of emergency?
If an adverse reaction occurs after medication, or if you suspect an overdose, contact your local vet and/or local animal emergency service immediately.